First Lady Melania Trump has announced that The White House has canceled the annual Easter Egg Roll event over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
First Lady Melania Trump said in a statement on Monday: “The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now.”
“I deeply regret this cancellation, but we need to make difficult decisions in the short-term to ensure a healthy country for the long-term. During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials, and follow CDC guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone,” the first lady’s statement continued.
The Easter holiday event has taken place on the White House South Lawn for 140 years.
The egg roll tradition stared April 22, 1878, after President Rutherford B. Hayes agreed to open the White House grounds on Easter Monday to children who wanted to roll Easter eggs.
The festivities were completely stopped between 1942-1952, first due to World War II, then a food shortage, then the South Lawn becoming a construction zone from 1948-1952.
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